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244                                  FLORA INDICA.
we have been quite unable to distinguish them iu India, or in onr stoves, the dif-
ferences between them being of degree only, except the colour of versicolor. The
carpels vary in number frbm eight to twenty and even thirty, and the length to
'which the apices of the stigmatic rays are extended is also extremely variable: they
are sometimes merely blunt points, and in other cases produced into long incurved
points: the latter are the appendiculate stigmata of Roxburgh's versicolor, and, as
Plauchon rightly supposes, are very different organs from th« true stigmatic appen-
dices of N. Lotus, N. Hookeriana of Lehmann we collected at Chittagong, and
again at the mouth of the Megna; its flowers varied from rose-coloured to pale purple
and light blue, and it entirely accords with Roxburgh's N. versieolor.
Edgeworth's N. punctate is founded on the erroneous idea that the leaf of N, stettata
is not punctate, which it almost invariably is in all its varieties, though described a* im-
punctate by De Candolle. One of Edgeworth's three flowers (iu Herb. Hook.) is of the
variety verficolor, the two others of N. stellate,—& fair proof in itself of these being
but one species. Flauchon, whose views of the affinities of the species are always
correct, has already suggested its being N. versicolor. In all the varieties the leaves
vary from beiug quite entire to toothed along their whole circumference; all the
varieties agree in the arrangement of the air-canals in the peduncles and petioles.
4. N. pygmaea (Ait. Hort. Kew. ed. alt. iii. 293); minima-., foliis
oblougo-orbiculatis integerrimis lobis acutis, staminibua inappendicu-
latis, stigmatibus 4-8 late ovatis cocUeariformibus.-'-.&tf. Mag. 3525;
Da fytt. iL 58; Prod.'l 116; Led. M. Ross. i. 84.
HAB. Assam, Jenkins/ montibus Khasia, a'd Nonkrem iu paludibus,
alt. 5600 ped.!—(Fl. Aug.) (v. v.)
DISTBIB. Sibiria I China' borealis!
RAieoma subperpendiculare, diometr. pollicis, pilis atria mollibus lanafum. Petioli
graciles. Folia. 1^-2 poll, longa, elliptico- v. obovato-orbicukta, lobis divergeutfyus
aeutis, nervis filiformibus. Floret albi, inodori (valde odori, fid. DC.), lfc-2 polL
diametro. Calyx basi quadratus; sepalis lineari-oblongis obtusia. Petala sub-10,
sepalis paullo longiora v. iis eequilonga, Hneari-oblonga, obtusa, Stamina 3-4-seriata,
brevia, antheris connectivo ceQuilatis, filamentis late dllat&tis intimis ad apicem
ovarii iusertis; polline subgranuloso. Stigmatis radii breves, obtusi.
This curious and well-marked little species is one of the many proofs of the inti-
mate relation between the Khashu and Chinese Floras, to which we have alluded at
p. 105 of our Introductory Essay; we are unable to find any character by which to-
distinguish this plant from the Siberian and Chinese, except the inodorous flowers,
which tends to weaken that analogous mark of difference between the N. cantiea of
Egypt and N, stelUtct of India, and the N. alba of Europe and N. odorata of North
America.
2, EURYALE, Salisb.
Sepala 4, margini tori ultra ovarium product! inserta, erecta. Petala
indefinitaj sepalis breviora, 3-5-seriata. Stamina indefinita, multiseriata,
seriebus 8-meris, filamenrtis linearibus; pollen sphasricum, 3-nuclcatum.
Ovarittm S-loculare, toro apicc dilatato immersum; sti^iuate discoideo
obscure globoso depresse coucavo, tubo tori accrcto. Qwla pauca, pa-
rietibus aflixa* $acca spongiosa, irregulariter rupta, sepalis persiatenti-
bua qoronata. Smina 8-20, arillo pulposo involuta; testa atra crassa.
—^Herba acitlek horridat rhizomate cram Jibras crawas emtetente, foliis
crbicularibua primum corrugate demum fallatiamwgwitMSjplanis, fioribus
yurpureb-violacevi waveokntibw, seminibus edulilus.
A. very remarkable plant, closely allied to the Vidoria of the South American